Iribam said swimmers and surfers need to keep an eye out for schools of fish before getting in the water. Lifeguards are trained to warn and protect beach-goers.
"If you don't mess with them, they won't mess with you. I felt like when he bit me, he nipped me and pulled. It just felt like a crushing pain and he just let go because he knew it wasn't a mullet," he said.
Iribam says he's not afraid of the water. He's ready to get out of the house and back to his lifeguard post.
"I'd still go into the water to this day. It's just an accident, it was nothing the shark did," he joked.
The mullet bait fish run will continue for the next few months.
Iribam said his doctor actually had to give him antibiotics because of the freshwater mixture in the ocean from Lake Okeechobee discharges, which is certainly something to keep in mind while swimming at the beaches this month.